Betting on today’s Longhorns and Cougars game? Catch the action at Fertitta Center in Houston, TX, as the Cougars hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on CBS. The over/under for this Big 12 conference contest is set at 131 points, with Houston being favored by -10 at home against Texas.

TEXAS LONGHORNS VS HOUSTON COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Texas Longhorns +10

This game will be played at Fertitta Center at 1:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE TEXAS LONGHORNS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Even though we have Houston winning straight-up, we like Texas at +10.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 131 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will the Longhorns Win in Houston?

After a 94-58 win over West Virginia, Texas heads on the road to face Houston. The Longhorns are 16-8 overall and 5-6 in Big 12 play. On the road, Texas is 4-3 this season.

As an underdog, the Longhorns have gone 3-4 this season, and they are 13-4 when favored. For the year, Texas has an average scoring differential of -1.1 points per game on the road.

As the underdog this season, Texas has gone 4-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Longhorns are 6-4 vs. the spread. On the road, Texas has an ATS mark of 3-4 this year and they have gone 5-5 ATS in their last 10 road games. Their overall ATS record for the season is 9-15.

Today’s over/under line of 131 is lower than the average over/under line in Texas’ games this season (145.2). Over their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 142 points.

Texas’ offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 94 points against West Virginia. They had an overall field goal percentage of 51.4% and made 7/8 free throws. Leading the team in scoring was Dylan Disu with 27 points. Tyrese Hunter also added 19 points for the Longhorns.

The Longhorns’ defense is presently ranked 75th nationally, allowing an average of 67.8 points per contest. Texas’ defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the West Virginia offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 58 points.

Will Houston Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Coming into today, Houston has been nearly unbeatable at home, going 14-0 on the season. Their average margin of victory at home is +29.9 points per game, and they have won their last 14 games at home.

Overall, Houston has gone 21-3 this season, and they are currently on a two-game win streak. In their last game, they beat Cincinnati by a score of 67-62. In their last 10 games at home, they are a perfect 10-0.

As the favorite, Houston has gone 11-10-1 vs. the spread this season. Their home ATS record is 9-5 and their last 10 favorite ATS mark is 4-5-1. Over their last three home games, the Cougars are just 1-2 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Houston games is 9-14. So far, the average over/under line in their games is 133 and the average scoring total is 128.9 points. Today’s over/under line of 131 is lower than the average over/under line in their games. In their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 137 points.

The Houston offense is coming off a game in which they scored 67 points vs. Cincinnati. Overall their field goal percentage was 39.1% while connecting on 3 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is LJ Cryer who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.8. Jamal Shead also heads into the game with a PPG average of 12.7.

This season, the Houston defense has been impressive, holding the 1st position in the country while permitting an average of 54.7 points per contest. Against Cincinnati in their most recent game, the Houston defense gave up a total of 62 points while allowing Cincinnati to hit 37% of their shots.